Exclusives

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Some commentators argue that even if cities allow housing supply to expand, more permissive zoning will cause land prices to increase, causing rents to rise rather than fall. This post disagrees.
Michael Lewyn
Blog post
January 18, 2014, 12am PST
People are increasingly accessing information via mobile devices, so why not provide mobile enabled plans? Learn how to create a mobile ready plan that is readable in Kindle or iBooks at low to no-cost.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
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January 16, 2014, 5am PST
Each January Washington DC hosts a huge gathering of the transportation planning tribe. What do we do? Read about it here.
Todd Litman
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January 13, 2014, 7am PST
Preserving urban landscapes can be just as important as preserving historic buildings. However, saving our design heritage needs to be balanced with the imperative that places effectively meet the functional needs of contemporary cities.
Mark Hough
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January 11, 2014, 6am PST
We have compiled a list of mobile apps to support planning, as part of our annual update. Learn about exciting new ways to explore cities and enhance planning via mobile apps. Please feel free to add your own favorites.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
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January 9, 2014, 9pm PST
How to bring an urbanist slant to the Jewish holiday of Tu'b'Shevat next week
Michael Lewyn
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January 6, 2014, 2pm PST
Garages matter a great deal to the design & enjoyment of our neighbourhoods, well beyond that garage door. Perhaps it’s finally time to reconsider whether having garages out front is really more important than the character of our neighbourhoods.
Brent Toderian
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January 6, 2014, 9am PST
Biodiversity is not something “out there”, studied in labs, outside of our cities. It is a borderless organism that resists complete solutions to the problems arising in such interconnectivity.
Steven Snell
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January 3, 2014, 6am PST
A new study claims that public transit does not reduce traffic congestion. It is a good example of how not to evaluate this impact. When measured correctly, high quality transit is found to reduce congestion and increase transport system efficiency.
Todd Litman
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December 31, 2013, 9am PST
The cost of intown housing makes suburbia fiscally tempting- but this is in part the result of deliberate policy choices by government.
Michael Lewyn
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December 31, 2013, 7am PST
A look back at the special people who inspired me (and perhaps you, too) the most in 2013.
Norman Wright
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December 30, 2013, 4pm PST
We're looking forward to another stimulating year of news, commentary, and professional development. But before the calendar turns to 2014, we wanted to take a look back at our most popular blog posts, exclusive articles, and news items from 2013.
Jonathan Nettler
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December 30, 2013, 2pm PST
A fascinating new study found that drivers perceive exactly the same things more negatively than those who walk, bike, or take transit. These findings have a few interesting implications.
Shane Phillips
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December 29, 2013, 11pm PST
It is time to find better solutions to congestion problems. This requires more comprehensive evaluation in order to identify win-win solutions: the congestion reduction strategies that help achieve other planning objectives.
Todd Litman
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December 24, 2013, 7am PST
As we get ready to celebrate Christmas, let's remember all the "gifts" that our cities give us. Our cities deserve a Christmas Carol! Here is an Urbanist's "12 Days of Christmas."
Brent Toderian
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December 24, 2013, 12am PST
As students plan their spring semester courses and make early plans for the summer, they often wonder how to choose a planning specialization or concentration. They ask how important the concentration is for their future career as a planner.
Ann Forsyth
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December 22, 2013, 9am PST
Poor neighborhoods tend to be fatter than rich ones, whether they are urban or suburban. However, poor urban areas tend to be thinner than poor suburban areas, and rich urban areas tend to be thinner than rich suburban areas.
Michael Lewyn
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December 20, 2013, 6pm PST
Aslıgül Göçmen examines the environmental impact of conservation subdivision design.
JPER
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December 19, 2013, 3pm PST
Perhaps the only greater injustice than the existence of food deserts is a willing and unfeeling action to re-create them.
Benjamin Chrisinger
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December 18, 2013, 8pm PST
Critics claim that public transit projects consistently exceed their budget projections and fail to meet ridership targets, based on old research. New analysis indicates that recent transit services generally perform better than predicted.
Todd Litman
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December 18, 2013, 3pm PST
While there's no denying the fact that the number of children in many American cities has declined, it's untrue that urban life is incompatible with raising a family, or that families in cities are being replaced by singles and childless couples.
Shane Phillips